Physical chemistry professor Sarah Tolbert has been named a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry are required to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of chemical sciences. Achieving fellow status denotes a high level of accomplishment as a professional in the field.
Tolbert holds faculty appointments in chemistry and biochemistry and in the UCLA Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, she received a B.S. from Yale University, a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Tolbert's research focuses on controlling nanometer-scale architecture in solution-processed nanomaterials to generate unique optical, electronic, magnetic, structural, and electrochemical properties. Her group specifically focuses on electrochemical energy storage, solar energy harvesting, electrocatalysis, nanomagnetics, and new ultra-hard materials. She also leads a program aimed at bringing nano-concepts to schools throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Tolbert is the recipient of a number of awards and honors including the Closs and Barrer Lectureships at the University of Chicago and Penn State, respectively, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, and a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.
Based in the United Kingdom (UK), RSC is a not-for-profit organization with more than 54,000 members. It was founded in 1841 with a mission to advance excellence in chemical sciences. The names of recently admitted Royal Society of Chemistry Fellows will be published in The Times of London in the near future.